In bandha padmasana, the body is bound into a symbol of infinity. In Kundalini yoga, this asana is considered to be the “seat of awareness,” where the self can merge with the spiritual realm and be healed. It is a powerful, restorative posture that develops a state of stillness and bliss.
Bandha padmasana has many other spiritual benefits. It clears the chakras, and its heart-opening stance energizes the anahata (heart) chakra. It also stimulates the nerve center that rests in the manipura (solar plexus) chakra. Stimulating this chakra draws energy into the body, and can help eradicate negative behaviors and patterns. Unlike padmasana, bandha padmasana is not a posture used for meditation.
One way to increase the pranic benefits of bandha padmasana is to draw the lower abdomen back and up as this posture is held, visualizing energy flowing up to the brain to be stored. “Om
” or “Rama
” can also be chanted mentally during this practice.